Spc. Matthew Cox, of Fredericktown, is one of nearly 93 Missouri National Guard Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan with the 1138th Engineer Company, of Farmington.
By M. Queiser
FARMINGTON, Mo. - Spc. Matthew Cox, of Fredericktown, is one of nearly 93 Missouri National Guard Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan with the 1138th Engineer Company, of Farmington.
The unit - which draws Soldiers from the 1140th Engineer Battalion in Cape Girardeau - is part of Operation Enduring Freedom operations in Afghanistan, and will be conducting route clearance missions.
Soldiers spent 29 days training at Camp Crowder and Camp Clark for pre-mobilization training that allowed them to learn necessary skills for deployment. Training conducted there included weapons qualifications, route clearance operations and tactics, battle drills and warrior tasks.
Currently, Soldiers are finalizing appropriate training for deployment at Fort Bliss, Texas, including squad and platoon battle drills and tasks while being in vehicles and environments similar to that in which they will encounter while deployed. After mobilization training, the Soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan in mid-August.
He volunteered for this deployment to go with his fellow Soldiers from the 1140th, said Cox.
"We have a very good group of men and friends deploying together," said Cox. "I think it will be a successful deployment."
While deployed, the company will fall under the command and control of the 120th Engineer Battalion, Oklahoma National Guard. The Soldiers will return in spring of 2013.
Cox is a graduate of Fredericktown High School.
He is supported in his military career by his children Harley, 5, and Cheyenne, 4; his father and step-mother, Shane and Michelle Cox, of Fredericktown; and his mother, Estella Lee, of Jeanerette, La.
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